Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fæder ure

This is the Old English version of the "Our Father" that I picked up on twitter from @14KaratGEM. Notice something about it? Old English has letters of the alphabet we no longer have. But the Icelandic alphabet, unchanged for the last 1,000 years, still does. So, I can actually write this prayer out fair. Here it is:

Fæder ure þu þe eart on heofonum;
Si þin nama gehalgod
tobecume þin rice
gewurþe ðin willa
on oerðan swa swa on heofonum.
urne gedæghwamlican hlaf syle us todæg
and forgyf us ure gyltas
swa swa we forgyfað urum gyltendum
and ne gelæd þu us on costnunge
ac alys us of yfele soþlice

(Font: Baskerville, Regular, 16-pt)

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